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Stuck in the Middle (Sister to Sister #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,925 Ratings  ·  721 Reviews
Joan Sanderson’s life is stuck.

Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family, and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is stuck at home with Mom and her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement—or romance.

When a hunky young doctor moves in next door, Joan sets out to catch his eye. But it won’t be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentless
Paperback, 335 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Feb 29, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This story was fabulous! It wasn't edgy, IMHO, but it was still very intriguing and incredibly romantic, not to mention downright hilarious at times. For me, Stuck in the Middle was the perfect example of the best of the best Christian fiction. Not too much angst and drama, but just enough tension and issues to keep you turning the pages. The internal dialogue was so well done I felt like I was the main character dealing with the spiritual struggles and the sister issues. Such honest and fresh f ...more
Kerry Fine
Sep 01, 2011 Kerry Fine rated it it was amazing
I only read this book because I just purchased a Nook, and I wanted to try it out and learn how things worked. This book popped up on the free book list, and I just grabbed the first one I saw. I began reading it as a way to learn the Nook's features.

If someone had asked me early in the book what kind of rating I would give it, my answer would not have been positive - certainly not 5 stars. The main character seemed interesting, and the story was easy to follow, but there were far too many annoy
Robin Marie
Mar 19, 2011 Robin Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, beach-read
Like many of the other readers, I snagged this book because it was free (and because the girl on the cover has a cute skirt...). I read a book pretty much every day at work right now, so I aim for something that I can follow while still being available to customers.

This book doesn't have a really provoking storyline, but it's funny and sort of heartwarming. A lot of it spoke to me from the get-go(dealing with aging family members, failed relationships, what to do with life in your early 20's) bu
Rachel Thompson
Jun 04, 2012 Rachel Thompson rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, romance
I downloaded this for free for my e-reader.

Joan is the middle child. While Allie is married about about to have a baby, little sister Tori is focused on her career. Joan just got out of a messy relationship, and still lives at home with her mother and grandmother. Then a sexy doctor moves in next door, causing competition for Tori and Joan, until Tori decides Ken's way too religious for her tastes.

Despite the fact that this book is a Christian book, it read heavily as chick-lit, especially for t
Jan 14, 2011 Cindy rated it it was ok
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Aug 03, 2011 Mare rated it liked it
Didn't realize when I uploaded this book is was Christian romance. Don't get me wrong I like Christian romance I just didn't realize it until half way through the book. Unlike other Christian romance books I've read this one didn't beat me over the head with a lot of "God this" & bible quotes. it was interesting too that even though the main character (Joan) was Christian, went to church every Sunday, spent time with her family...the book made it clear there can always be more to religion th ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Tammy by:
I just skipped through some reviews and saw that there were some negative ones because of the Christian content. Well I have to say that I completely loved this book. There was a lot of Christian aspects but it was not a lot of quotes or pushing of the bible but you just know that their religion played a huge part in their lives.

Joan is just the average middle sister who has a beautiful sister and another sister that is married to a wonderful man and expecting her first baby. All the while Joan
Apr 08, 2011 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-release
This is a nice safe romantic story with a firm trench in christian faith as a background. Joan Sanderson is manager for Abernathy Sales and Rental and is 25 years old. She's one of the few remaining students out of 287 who graduated from Danville HS, Kentucky, and has stayed in Danville. She has an English degree, but she's never used it, hoping that one day she can step away from her job and actually do something with her life. Joan has always been the quiet one of the three sisters, whereas th ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Kristy rated it really liked it
I don't go to church. I don't care much for organized religion, but I consider myself a Christian. I didn't start reading this book because I thought it was about religion, I started reading it because it was about sisters....and not having one myself, I'm always envious of those who do, and find I'm curious about the relationship dynamics.

This book circles around religion... but for me it seemed much more like a story of a woman stuck in her life. She is scared of change, feels inferior & c
Jun 27, 2011 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I added this to my kindle because 1.) it was a free book, and 2.) it seemed like it would be cute. thought this was going to be a typical little quick read with some romance. It started out interesting enough, but I wasn't expecting it to turn so religious... and for someone who is not religious in the least, the story became slightly far-fetched and annoying. I don't mind a little mention of faith here and there... but a 25 year old girl complaining that... God visits poor children in Afghanist ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Kathy rated it did not like it
Shelves: virginia-smith
I found this book to be high-school-ish, and kind of annoying. Within the first chapter (or maybe two) Joan, the main character, has a flash in her mind of a newspaper article....something she's just making up in her mind.
Then, when a handsome Dr. moves in next door, she and her older sister (who's married and pregnant) decided to create a competition between Joan and the youngest sister to see who can snag a date with him first! It's very childish...the older sister actually googles and prints
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
: Ohmygosh, Virginia Smith writes a hilarious, tender story that chronicles family life for the Sanderson sisters. Change never is easy, and twenty three year old Joan is fighting it on all sides. Joan receives a call from her mom, “I’m going to kill her.”

“Hi, Mom. What has Gram done?”

“She’s alphabetized my underwear drawer.”

“She what?”

“It’s not funny Joan. My bras are all in the first row, color-coded alphabetically.”

Joan and Carla, live with Gram, Carla’s 85 year old mom, who’s driving her cra
Apr 14, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith is the story of Joan Sanderson and her boring, going-nowhere life. She's been dumped by her long time boyfriend, Roger the Rat, her older sister is pregnant, and her beautiful younger sister has a terrific job. Joan lives with her mother and grandmother, who is becoming increasingly fragile. When a hunky doctor moves in next door, Joan sees what she's been missing, but little sister Tori also wants him. This book is far more than just chick-lit. Joan feels a ...more
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Religious people and fans of Hallmark will probably enjoy this more than I did.

so this has more things that I did not like than what I liked. First, the narration was very superficially treated, the way Hallmark does to every premise of her shows. There was the issue of parent abandonment which was the conflict in Joan's life and why she had trouble with her mom. I found Joan's relationship with her grandma pretty endearing. The romance was very lacking. Ken, the gorgeous doctor who moved next d
May 29, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally 4 stars from me means, "Wow. This is among the best books I've read." But that's not necessarily true for this book. The 4 stars actually mean, "Wow, this is the best book I could have read right now." The writing was nothing special. The plot was pretty mundane. But what I loved about this book is that it did not shy away from the Christian principles it was clearly trying to get across. In the end, the book was about how God affects our daily lives, and I think that's the most importa ...more
I started to read this book because a) it was free from NOOK and b) I know what it's like to fee like the middle child! When I get a new book, I'll skim a few pages out of habit so I can prioritize when I will finish it...but as soon as I started this, I could not stop! The story was very compelling to me. I feel like I have gone through the same doubts and struggles that BOTH Joan and Ken dealt with. I love the emphasis of family in christian literature because my family is so incredibly import ...more
Jan 24, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
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Apr 10, 2008 Keris rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Jill Hart

Joan. Boring name for a boring life. Or so Joan believes until she meets her new next door neighbor. The handsome doctor her age make Joan realize that there may be more to life than settling for living at home, getting up every morning to go to an unfulfilling career and wishing she was living her one of her sisters' lives. But, Joan knows she can't make a change because no one would be there to care for her aging grandmother - a job that she has taken upon herself, but tru
Vida Torralba
May 17, 2015 Vida Torralba rated it it was amazing
Got this book for free from Amazon, and I liked it! It's a Christian story that I found to be what I need :)
Aug 12, 2015 Cindi rated it liked it
Good book. Would be good made into a movie on UP tv.
Aug 27, 2015 Sandra rated it liked it
This is a sweet, clean story which brings some smiles as one sees the relationship between the three sisters, Allie, Joan and Tori and thinks back about one's own life and the competition between sisters and also cousins in the same age category, who compete for the same eligible men, and yes, many a young lady has dressed up elegantly for church services when rumour has it that a handsome young man or two will be in attendance. The competition in church and in church related events can become q ...more
Colleen Scidmore
I would give this book between a 3.5-3.75.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I have never read a book based on Christianity and when I picked it up I didn't realize that this was a book about Faith. I hate to say but I had a misconception that books about Christianity would be only about that, and maybe a bit dull. But this book was a pretty decent read and yes it was not totally exciting at times and it talked about Christianity quite a bit but it didn't feel overpowering and it was actua
Feb 19, 2011 Judy rated it liked it
A (free to my Kindle) Christian novel that had a pretty good theme -- middle sister lives at home, with her mother and grandmother -- young (dateable) MD moves in next door -- and Joan likes him. A lot of misunderstandings ensue but as always, a happy ending!
Apr 08, 2014 Miranda rated it liked it
It's not that I did not like this book, nor is it that the writing was poor or too "preachy" (why would I pick up a Christian Fiction book and not expect a message or two?), nor is it that I found the characters weak or any serious inconsistencies in the story line... I guess the lack of stars come from the lack of fulfillment. I wanted there to be more to it.

I'm not typically drawn to women's fiction, but the cover was beautiful and the blurb sounded fun. The writing was quite strong, especial
Apr 06, 2011 Melissa rated it did not like it
Ah. I didn't read what this was about and it turned out to be a God finding story, which I wouldn't mind but I didn't like the way the author made it out that if you give your life to God, then everything will be happy ever after. Gag.
Feb 25, 2011 Becky rated it liked it
For a Christian romance it was pretty good but with the religion element I just wanted to send in the missionaries a few times and set them straight. I don't know if I will seek out the second book but this was worth my time.
Dec 13, 2014 Darcy rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, romance, 2014
This book isn't my normal fare, I'm not a big fan of Christian romances as often times I feel preached at. This one did a good job of riding the line. You felt for Joan and how she was struggling with God and his place in her life. Once she faced some realities and opened herself to possibilities it seemed like her life went in the direction she had hoped.

I did love Joan's family, loved the relationship with Gram. I was a bit worried when the sisters started to fight over the next door neighbor,
Dec 04, 2010 Lauren rated it it was ok
I did really enjoy the scene where Tori and Joan are at dinner and both flirting with Ken...poor guy!!
Mar 11, 2014 Tammy rated it liked it
A free book from Amazon I have had on my Kindle for awhile. I didn't remember the synopsis when I started reading so I wasn't sure what to expect. and this book was a lot different from what I expected.
Joan feels sort of lost in life in the middle of 2 sisters that are much more showy than herself living with her mom and grandma. At age 25 she isn't really living much of a life. Ken is a doctor and moves in next door to Joan. There is a strong Christianity theme in this book.
I kind of feel indi
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336pgs, Joan Sanderson's life is stuck. Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is living at home with Mom and looking after her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement. That is, until a hunky young doctor moves in next door. Suddenly Joan has a goal--to get a date. But it won't be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentlessly with him and Joan is sure that she can't compete. But with a little help from God
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VIRGINIA SMITH is the bestselling author of thirty-one novels (and counting!), an illustrated children’s book, and over fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense. Her books have been finalists in many prestigious awards, and two of her novels received the ...more
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